Community clinics facilitate Covid jabbing of rural people

Ensure comprehensive healthcare services

Published : 07 Jun 2022 08:43 PM

It is encouraging to note that Bangladesh has been able to vaccinate its 70 percent of population with Covid jabs and community clinics played the key role in reaching out rural people even at the country’s most inaccessible and remote areas. 

The Community Health Care Providers (CHCPs) of the clinics have been responsible for collecting, distributing and administering the COVID jabs at their respective centers. Reportedly, nearly 14000 community clinics facilitated inoculating around three crore rural people. According to the Directorate of Health Services , 2,88,11,600 rural people have been vaccinated at grass root level through community clinics while CHCPs were also deployed to vaccinate 1,79,19,945 students of school, college and universities at many parts of the country.

The government should look forward 

to equipping the clinics with adequate 

facilities and skilled manpower

Community clinics of the country have become a reference point as to how a country can successfully raise the primary healthcare following the Bangladesh model. Now what is needed is to ensure comprehensive healthcare services to the rural people, and in order to do that the government should look forward to equipping the clinics with adequate facilities and skilled manpower. The successful operation of community clinics, especially in rural areas, depends on people with required skills. Doctors must be trained and motivated to work in rural areas and the government should offer adequate incentives to them.

Experts are of the opinion that whereas other countries have failed to reach out its marginal population to immunize against Covid-19 pandemic , Bangladesh has made it possible because of its strong community clinic network. The incumbent government deserves kudos for its relentless effort for prioritizing the need for incorporating community clinics. As a consequence, community clinics are largely filling the gap in public healthcare system.

For further development of community clinics in the country, intervention of both public and private organisations is crucial. In this regard, corporate houses can play an effective role by spending a portion of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund to develop the country’s healthcare sector. Also, there is a need to motivate the rural people for availing health services at the community clinic.